Valentine's Day dinner guide for Little Rock 

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Looking to take your Valentine out to dinner on Feb. 14? Take a look at our survey of what some of Little Rock's finest restaurants plan to serve.

Acadia This Hillcrest fine-dining favorite offers several options in a three-course meal, price fixed at $50.75. Among the options: spinach artichoke bisque, smoked gouda mac and cheese, roast beef tenderloin and housemade bread pudding or cobbler. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9630.

Ashley's On Monday, only two reservations were still available for regular hours. If you didn't act quickly enough, drool over this sampling of the dishes from this $95 price-fixed, six-course meal: butternut squash soup with Granny Smith apples, pabo and cinnamon cream; prime beef tenderloin (or the veggie option, roasted cauliflower steak) and a chocolate and hazelnut cream tart. Wine pairings are available. Late seatings may still be available. 111 W. Markham St. 374-7474.

Boulevard On the menu: a special four-course surf and turf dinner. A take-out option is available as well. Reservations not required but seating is limited. 1920 N. Grant St. 663-5951.

Brave New RestaurantThis perennial favorite won't announce Valentine's specials until Feb. 13. Reservations recommended. 2300 Cottondale Lane. 663-2677.

Bravo! Cucina Italiana Reservations are highly recommended for this upscale Italian chain in West Little Rock. In fact, a restaurant employee told us reservations typically fill up the weekend before. No special menu for Feb. 14. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. 821-2485.

Cafe Bossa Nova When we spoke with this Brazilian eatery located in the heart of Hillcrest early in the week, they were still considering throwing in a Valentine's Day special or two to accompany their regular menu. Reservations are required for parties of five or more. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-6682.

Cafe Prego Preparations are still underway for this popular Italian restaurant on Kavanaugh, but you can expect festive variations on some of its regular items like orange roughy with a cherry cream sauce. Although Prego will accept walk-ins, reservations are strongly encouraged. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5355.

Cajun's Wharf Look for a few specials, including at least one lamb entree, along with the regular menu here. In the bar, find special Valentine's Day drinks and an acoustic trio. Reservations required for parties of eight or more. 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351.

Capers This West Little Rock favorite plans to offer a number of specials. For an appetizer, it will have hot crab au gratin with Kalmata olive bread, roasted red bell pepper soup with toasted corn and salad. Main course options include pan seared snapper with roasted yellow pepper grits and fried crawfish tails, a macadamia-crusted grouper with coconut shrimp and mango salsa with cranberry and apricot basmati rice, and a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with bacon-wrapped shrimp finished with a crawfish and cream sauce and goat cheese. For dessert, a heart-shaped cake topped with warm chocolate sauce and two chocolate-dipped strawberries is made for sharing. Capers plans seatings at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The 7 p.m. seating is full. 4502 Cantrell Road. 868-7600

Capriccio Grill On the menu of this upscale Italian restaurant inside The Peabody: an option of multiple appetizers including hand-fried scallops with roasted corn, tomato and banana puree or a wintergreen salad with arugula, walnut brittle, hearts of palm, goat cheese and a black truffle vinaigrette. For the main course choose from a pistachio-crusted Chilean sea bass or prime filet with lobster tail. A glass of champagne accompanies the meal and there's something called the "Chocolate Sweetheart Bar" filled with cakes and fondue for the taking. The band Wine and Roses will perform in the lobby and free valet parking is available for restaurant guests. Reservations recommended. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 399-8000.


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